i love being around pregnant woman. i can't go into it completely otherwise it will go on for pages (!) but they are magical and i love photographing them. i also have been experimenting with 'flaws',, purposefully blurring and softening images, focusing on other parts of the image, maybe trying to insight a particular feeling or mood. this is shooting much like i did in the past back when i was in film school ~ i was always the mood seeker..., going with what i feel, emotively photographing, overexposing, underexposing, composing with negative spaces and lines....this is kind of - roll with me, like parenthood and birth...i'm liking this comparison.
there is technically correct exposure, and perhaps compositions, but much like film cameras, so much art is created within the spaces of what is considered 'correct' and 'perfect'. i love documenting and i love creating emotions through images even more. feel like i'm sinking back into myself the more i am behind the lens, the more i am peeling away from the kids, and going back and re creating myself again doing what i wholeheartedly LOVE.
we met through the birthing community here in seattle, the simkin center at bastyr university, taking a weekend workshop with penny. devon is due with her second child this july, and i was more than happy to spend the gorgeous morning with her having fun. devon is a postpartum doula, a motherwoman postpartum support group facilator, a lactation educator and has a passion of women's health and birth justice. we took so many pictures, i had a tough time filtering them ~ she was so involved in the process.
you can find out more on the groups she holds at Root to Rise